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PRAGMATISM AND RELIGIOUS NATURALISM: PATROLLING BORDERS, INTEROGATING BOUNDARIES

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The panel furthers the relationship of Pragmatism and religion while bringing American philosophy into dialogue with literature, Continental philosophy, and contemporary theology. The work of Walker Percy and Jorge Luis Borges is used to generate a dialogue between the imagined, meditative realms of fiction and the claims of philosophy, offering a meditation on literary accounts of Peirce’s theosemiotic in operation in modern communities of inquiry. A second essay forges an alliance of American Pragmatism and Continental philosophy, identifying a shared concern in the problematic, ambiguous realms of habit and instinct. As the social sciences grow increasingly important for religious studies, pairing Dewey and Santayana with Bourdieu’s concept of habitus offers an illuminating alliance. The third essay puts Peirce in dialogue with the experiential focus of contemporary theologians Robert S. Corrington and Donald L. Gelpi, both Peirceans who endeavor to strengthen our understanding of the categories of Firstness and Thirdness.

Author(s):

Roger Ward    
Georgetown College
United States

Thurman Willison    
Union Theological Seminary
United States

Robert King    
Utah State University
United States

 

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